Monday, December 14, 2009

Mug Cozy

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I've been wanting to try making a mug cozy for a while and finally have! It also doubles as a coaster (great for company!) since I made it go under the cup as well.
It's not perfect for the mug I tried it on, I'd have to make it a bit smaller and adjusting the pattern is easy!
It requires fastening off a bit, but Im thinking of making one without fastening off as well this week!
I used two colors but you can do whatever combinations you want with it.
Like the other one you can add your own touches too - ruffles, embroidery, beading, anything! :)
I'd love to see everyones different takes on this! If you'd like, send it to me and I'll post it here with a link to your page if you want.
Here's the pattern:

Crochet hook h/8 (but really you can use any size you want to get your desired look and for your kind of yarn)
WW yarn in colors of your choice

1) Chain 20, slip stitch to first chain to join

2) Single crochet in each stitch around, slip stitch to join

3) Chain 1, 2 single crochet in each stitch around (now you'll have 20 stitches) slip stitch to join.

Now depending on how big your mug is, you can stop here and skip to step 5 or make it bigger with step 5 - the base you're making now should be just a little bit smaller than the mug's base.

4) To make base bigger, *single crochet in first stitch, then do 2 single crochet in the next stitch.* Repeat from * to * all around. Slip stitch to join.
If you need it bigger still, continue to add one stitch between increases (for example, in the next row you would single crochet once in the next 2 stitches, then do the increase - 2 single crochet - in one stitch and continue around)

5) Now, single crochet in the back loops only of all the stitches around. Slip stitch to join each round.
Continue this for 3 rounds, or until you reach the handle on your mug of choice.

6) In the next row, single crochet in the back loops until you reach the middle stitch (in mine, stitch number 20) Fasten off. Skip 4 stitches and cast the thread back on.

7) single crochet in rest of stitches around, slip stitch to join.
From here, continue to fasten off at those 4 stitches in each round until you reach the top of your mugs handle (for me, that was 10 rounds)

8) When you have finished your rounds, fasten off and fasten the thread onto the top of your handle hole. Chain 4, attach to other end with slip stitch. Single crochet in each chain, then fasten off.

9) Now, single crochet in each stitch inside the handle hole.

10) If you want to add ruffles to the top, double crochet 4 times in each top stitch around (or the bottom would be cite too!)

Thats it! Now you can add your own touches to it :)
Hope you liked this one!!
I'll be posting my second version (no fastening off ) soon this week and am also working on a pokemon hat for my son that I'll be posting (my first homemade graph pattern! yipes! wish me luck! lol)

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